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Genard Avery, Philadelphia Eagles
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Somehow, Genard Avery is still a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Less than two weeks after being carted off-field in what initially looked like a very serious knee injury, defensive end Genard Avery managed to somehow make the Eagles final 53-man roster, capping an unceremonious summer.

At no point in Eagles camp did Avery appear tobe better than defensive ends Joe Ostman and Casey Toohill, That led most to believe that the former Cleveland Brown might be left off of the team, but somehow and some way, he’s managed to survive, at least for now.

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Perhaps it was Roseman’s investment of a 2021 fourth-round draft selection that kept the 25-year-old Avery around, but it’s hard to see where defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is going to be able to use him consistently on game day.

Despite the fact that they used a relatively valuable draft pick on Avery at last year’s trade deadline, the team didn’t find much use for him in 2019. In eight games with Philadelphia, the diminutive edge rusher only played 33 total snaps on defense, with the majority of his usage coming on special teams.

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At the moment, the Eagles’ defensive end rotation of Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, and Josh Sweat means Avery, if he plays at all, will, most likely, still be relegated to special teams. If he struggles, the aforementioned Joe Ostman will be waiting on the practice squad to take his place.